Frank Lampard has been a pivotal player for Chelsea since joining the club from West Ham in 2001. At 34, Frankie will soon see his position in the team being fought for by younger talent, and will need to start planning his future. Here are a few options, as I see them.
Do a Ryan Giggs? United’s veteran midfielder is 38 this year, and has proven to still be a key player for the Red Devils. If Giggs can do it, Frankie has at least another four years at Chelsea, if that is what he chooses.
Do a Michael Ballack? The former German captain left Chelsea in 2010 to return to Bayer Leverkusen, the club where he made his first breakthrough. Frankie may choose to return to his first club, West Ham, where his father also played.
Do a Timmy Cahill? The Aussie was a key midfielder for the blue team from Liverpool for 8 years before his move to the big money of the New York Red Bulls. Will Frankie choose to leave London’s blue club for Major League Soccer?
Do a Drogba? After winning last season’s Champions League, the Drog departed Chelsea to join Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua. Lampard may choose to follow his former team mates to the Chinese Super League.
Do a Heskey? The 34 year old former England international recently signed for Australia’s Newcastle Jets, joining other recent imports Del Piero from Italy and Shinji Ono from Japan in the league down under. Could Lampard ever become another marquee player for the A-league? (Go on Frank, do it!)
Do a Gary Neville? Retire? Don’t do it Frankie, we still need you.
What do you think? Which option is most likely? What other options are available for Frankie? Share your comments.